'Call the Midwife' season 6 spoilers: Dame Harriet Walter joins as Sister Ursula, drama tackles a brand new world

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Fans of BBC’s “Call the Midwife” will get to meet a new nun in the upcoming season 6 of the period drama.

According to Radio Times, following the heartbreaking departure of fan favorite Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris), a new character will join the ensemble to seemingly fill the void. Actress Dame Harriet Walter will make her debut in the role of Sister Ursula. Although she officially becomes a part of Nonnatus House, she is described to be “not a very welcome addition.”

However, in comparison to her character’s experience in the narrative, Walter revealed that the cast and crew have been very welcoming, “As an actor I’ve been made to feel one of the family from the start.”

Meanwhile, creator and writer Heidi Thomas dished on what is in store when the beloved midwives return to the East End after their “magical” Christmas mission trip in South Africa.

“It is now 1962, and in a rapidly changing world, the arrival of Sister Ursula superbly played by Dame Harriet Walter brings new challenges to Nonnatus House. Tears are shed, and bonds reinforced, as the team pull together as never before,” she stated.

Moreover, Jenny Agutter, who portrays Sister Julienne, told Bustle how the changes will be embraced by the group as they embark on a new decade. “Suddenly there is a new energy and everything that had been held back during the war the science, the arts, the music everything surges on,” she mused.

She added that viewers may expect to see a brave new world brought by the year 1961, in which National Health Service is already established and more resources are available for everyone. Although things are looking up at first, people will begin to expect so much as they are given more liberties, choices and freedom.

“Call the Midwife” will air a Christmas special later this year, to be followed by season 6’s premiere sometime in 2017. The BBC One drama airs on PBS in the United States.